Stellicomes pambanensis, a new cyclopoid copepod parasitic on starfish

Rao, C A Padmanabha (1964) Stellicomes pambanensis, a new cyclopoid copepod parasitic on starfish. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 6 (1). pp. 89-93.

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Abstract

The siphonostomatous family Stellicomitidae of Humes and Cressey, 1958, includes three genera, namely, SteUicomes Humes and Cressey, Onycopygus H. & C, and Asterocomes Padmanabharao, 1962. Under the genus SteUicomes two species, S. tumidulus and 5. guineensis are so far known. All stellicomitids are parasitic on asteroids and are characterised by the presence of a highly reduced siphon. Besides it is interesting to note that there is a tendency in most of them to show reduction or absence of endopodites of the natatory legs. The form described below agrees with SteUicomes in most of its generic characters and at the same time differs from the species described earlier in the presence of the second leg with highly reduced one-jointed endopodite, third and fourth le^ without endopodites and the sixth leg as a single seta in male. These characters being of significant taxonomic value, the present form is treated as a new species under the genus SteUicome

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Stellicomes pambanensis; copepod; starfish
Subjects:Fish Diseases
Copepods
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
ID Code:1000
Deposited By:Edwin Joseph
Deposited On:10 Jun 2010 10:07
Last Modified:11 Jun 2010 15:51

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